Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Some Christians foolishly trade their 24-carat gold for 14k, 10k and even Fool's Gold

I enjoy a good magic trick. A good magic trick is a powerful illusion. It can be so powerful that it often convinces the recipient to accept the logically impossible as not only possible, but true. Through masterful deception, falsehood appears as reality.

Here is a great illusion - walking through a solid object. David Copperfield and his 1986 illusion of walking through the Great Wall Of China.



But here is how the illusion is actually done...


And here is specific analysis of David's illusion ...



In the end, once revealed, a powerful magic illusion is nothing but smoke and mirrors. A magic trick has no basis in reality; it's purpose is to distort reality. It's an imposter, a very good fake. 

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The world's wisdom is very much like a compelling magic illusion. It has no basis in reality; it's purpose is to distort reality. It's an imposter, a very good fake. It's appealing, flashy, impressive, eye-catching ... and deceptive. But unlike a magic illusion which is merely entertainingly deceptive, the world's wisdom is fatally deceptive.

The wisdom of the world is so powerful in fact, that it successfully deceives everyone without exception from the moment of birth ... until he/she is released from the mass delusion at the moment of justification when they unite with Christ. As I wrote yesterday here,

... the blinders that sin and the enemy has cocooned us in since birth, slowly and progressively come off as we immerse ourselves in the Biblical worldview. For the very first time in our life, we have the ability to grasp reality as it really is.

Once ensconced in the Biblical worldview, we realize that much of what we thought was real, is nothing more than an elaborate illusion from the enemy - smoke and mirrors.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul contrasts the deceitful wisdom of the world with true wisdom. Both are in inexorable opposition. The mistake that some Christians make is trying to blend the Biblical worldview with other worldviews. But like oil and water, the two cannot be mixed. Mixing gold with other elements does make the gold more valuable; it makes the gold less pure, less valuable.

If we jettison the Biblical unchanging truth on marriage, gender identity, abortion and most importantly - that Christ is the only way of salvation - and embrace the ever-changing cultural magic tricks, we mindlessly trade 24k gold for Fool's gold. We abrogate reality for nothing more than an illusion.

Those Christians that mix their Biblical worldview with opposing tenets from others, foolishly trade their 24-carat gold for 14k, 10k and even less.


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